TFT and Telluride Film Festival Partnerships
In 2010, Dean Teri Schwartz embarked on the creation of FilmLAB in conjunction with Telluride Film Festival co-director Julie Huntsinger. Executive board member Frank Marshall, ’68, was the symposium's founding sponsor. FilmLAB is a multi-faceted program focused on the art and industry of filmmaking, custom-designed for 10 select TFT graduate film students who are invited to attend Telluride. They learn from the greatest filmmakers in the world in a workshop/lab setting, enjoy exclusive sessions with world-renowned writers, producers and industry leaders, and experience the festival like VIPS. In 2012, students had the opportunity to mingle with actor-director-producer Ben Affleck who shared not only his knowledge and experiences but a sneak peek preview of his satirical thriller Argo, which went on to win the Best Picture Oscar in February 2013. In 2014, they met with filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose latest film, Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, had its North American debut at the festival.
Dean Schwartz and Telluride also co-curate an exclusive program called For the Love of Movies, which brings inner-city students to the UCLA campus for a year of special screenings. For the Love of Movies is managed by the UCLA TFT student group ELEVATE.
The strategic partnerships between UCLA TFT and Telluride continue to celebrate excellence in cinema by investing in the education of emerging humanistic storytellers through our combined leadership and resources. We encourage prospective donors and sponsors to join us in this multi-tiered program to ensure its ongoing success. We welcome corporate sponsorships, individual donations, foundation support, planned giving, and offer custom benefit packages. For more information, please contact our Office of Development and Industry Relations at (310) 825-2350.
TELLURIDE 2015 Top: UCLA TFT administrative analyst Sylvia Terry (far left), Dean Teri Schwartz (third from left), professor Nancy Richardson (fifth from left) and filmmaker Todd Haynes (in plaid shirt, center), are flanked by the 2015 FilmLAB Fellows at the Telluride Film Festival;
Bottom: Dean Schwartz with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola at an earlier Telluride edition